Symphony No. 4Tippett
A Child of our TimeRyan Wigglesworth
sopranoPamela Helen Stephen
mezzo sopranoBen Johnson
bassLondon Philharmonic Choir
Please note that Claire Booth has stepped in at short notice to replace the originally advertised soprano Rebecca Evans who is unwell.
As Europe slipped towards fascism, Michael Tippett felt the urge to protest in music – to show solidarity with those downtrodden by poverty and prejudice. Then, in 1938, a young Polish Jew oppressed by the rise of Nazism shot a German diplomat dead in Paris. Tippett had the central figure for his ‘oratorio of contemplation’, A Child of our Time
. Taking Bach’s Passions and Handel’s Messiah
as his models, Tippett ended each of his sections with his own arrangements of African-American spirituals. ‘The world turns on its dark side’, proclaims the opening movement of Tippett’s masterpiece, but it remains a work of stringent hope and optimism. Free pre-concert discussion | 6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
Writer and broadcaster Daniel Snowman takes a look at Tippett's A Child of our Time
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Select a link below to listen to selected movements from this concert (Flash Player opens in a new window). Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 in F minor - I. AllegroVaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 in F minor - II. Andante moderatoTippett: A Child of Our Time - Part 1: The world turns on its dark side (Chorus)Tippett: A Child of Our Time - Part 1: The Argument - Man has measured the heavens with a telescope (Alto)Tippett: A Child of Our Time - Part 2: A star rises in mid-winter (Chorus)Tippett: A Child of Our Time - Part 3: A Spiritual - Deep river, my home is over Jordan (Chorus and Soli)You may also like: CONCERT: Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich
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